Preschool Busy Bag: Slippery Fish

Activity for ages 2-4.

A couple of years ago, one of my friends organized a busy bag swap. Every mom made eight sets of the same activity bag and gave one to each of the other moms at the party. When the exchange was finished, we all walked away with eight reusable activities that would entertain our preschoolers at restaurants, in waiting rooms and on airplanes.

Preschool Busy Bag: Slippery Fish. {Playdough to Plato}

One of my son’s favorite busy bags in the bunch was a mini felt board sing-along called “Slippery Fish”. {Check out the video below to learn the tune.} It’s a great way to help children practice sequencing.

Getting Ready

We’ve lost our original Slippery Fish set over the years so I grabbed a stack of felt and cut the pieces again. I made a  water background by dividing my piece of blue felt into four equal pieces that were each 3 x 4 inches. That size made it perfect for storing in a sandwich bag later. I cut out a small slippery fish, an octopus, a larger tuna fish, a shark, a whale, three pieces of seaweed and a sandy bottom to sit on top of the blue water.

Preschool Busy Bag: Slippery Fish. {Playdough to Plato}

Then I printed a copy of the words on cardstock to give them a little extra durability.

Slippery Fish

I invited my four year old to join me. “Oh Slippery Fish!!” he said immediately after seeing the felt cut outs. He picked up the small slippery fish and placed it in the middle of his board. He began singing the song, swapping out the ocean animals to match the lyrics. {You can download your own copy of the words in the right hand column of this post.}

Since finishing our replacement set, Slippery Fish has once again become a favorite pastime in our house. Before you hit play on the You Tube link below, I should give you a word of warning – the goofy tune is hard to get out of your head once you learn it.


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About Malia Hollowell

Malia is a National Board Certified elementary teacher turned stay at home mama to three young kids {4.5, 3 and 1}. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education {go Stanford!} and spent seven years teaching in a classroom. Since starting Playdough to Plato in 2012, her ideas have been featured in Parenting Magazine, Pinterest's Top Educational Pins and Kiwi Crate.


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